Porto Mare Residence
Example Booking: 45,000 eXpectations points, April 2018, Studio sleeps 2
Discover Madeira, a rich palette of green forests and blue skies outlining dramatic volcanic landscapes with sub-tropical plants and flowers filling winding cliff-top pathways. This Portuguese archipelago is the perfect destination for those wanting to explore the unspoilt natural beauty of the island and enjoy its year-round spring-like climate.
Spring to life by visiting Porto Mare Residence in April 2018. eXpectations members could have treated themselves to 7-nights from 2nd – 9th April 2018 in a spacious Studio suite (sleeping 2) for only 45,000 points. Availability is not easy to find at this prestigious RCI Gold Crown Resort, so we were excited when we saw this holiday available on RCI.com on 8/6/2017.
The magnificent RCI Gold Crown Porto Mare Residence is situated just 2.5 km from Madeira’s capital Funchal with Madeira Airport approximately 19km away and free shuttle services running several times daily.
Porto Mare Residence is set within stunning tropical gardens and is just 100-metres from the seafront and Lido’s Promenade. The Residence apartments are located on the west side of the Vila Porto Mare Resort, inviting all guests to indulge in first-class accommodation and excellent leisure facilities.
Island of Eternal Spring
Madeira is often referred to as the “Island of Eternal Spring” because of its pleasant year-round climate. This diverse Portuguese island enjoys plenty of sunshine with comfortable temperatures averaging 17 degrees Celsius throughout April. This is a wonderful time of year to visit as the island blossoms with colour from the abundance of spring flowers adorning the streets.
Porto Mare Residence RCI Gold Crown
Guests at Porto Mare Residence can relax and enjoy the panoramic sea views and spectacular gardens offering over 500 different botanical species collected from all over the world. A wealth of amenities and leisure facilities to satisfy the whole family are available from your doorstep.
Soak up the sun around a choice of five swimming pools, absorb the tranquil atmosphere of the gentle, warm breeze as the sweet scents from the multicoloured gardens fill the air. Order a light snack and a cool drink from the Veranda Bar before strolling down to the beach to enjoy the water activities. Keep in shape in a water aerobics class, rejuvenate the mind and soul with a touch of yoga and get active on the tennis courts. The little ones will love the supervised fun activities, including painting, board and traditional games or simply splashing around in the kid’s pool. Enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Spa, relax in the steam and sauna baths, treat yourselves to professional beauty treatments, including pampering your hands and feet to a delightful manicure and pedicure.
Marvel at the vibrant colours of the sunset in four beautifully designed restaurants and six stylish bars. An excellent choice of mouth-watering cuisine is served to satisfy every pallet including; traditional Mediterranean and International dishes. Create your own dish from the buffet bar or savour the flavours of an “a la carte” meal. Whether you are looking for a fruity cocktail, a taste of the famous Madeiran wine or a sip of the rich aromas of a speciality coffee, the Porto Mare Residence has you covered.
Admire the panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and lush gardens from the floor-to-ceiling windows in an elegantly furnished apartment to evoke relaxation and comfort. Unwind in the lounge area with the modern entertainment systems, including cable TV, DVD and internet access. Prepare a snack from the fully equipped kitchen and enjoy dining on the furnished balcony/terrace offering delightful views. The complimentary, ritual bath products and twin queen-sized beds with extra soft linen guarantee the perfect night’s sleep.
Madeira boasts fine cuisine, created from sun-ripened, fresh produce grown within the rich and beautiful countryside. The friendly locals are proud of their fascinating history and welcome visitors to discover the true beauty of their island.
The fine wine produced in Madeira has worldwide recognition and claims that William Shakespeare once referred to the Madeiran nectar as a “precious essence”.
A short distance from Porto Mare Residence the traditional fishing town of Câmara de Lobos offers a picturesque bay and many popular sight-seeing attractions. The beauty of the town inspired Sir Winston Churchill to paint the bay and surrounding area. Enjoy a wonderful day exploring the backdrop of banana plantations, vineyards and cherry orchards lining the hillsides.
Funchal is only a short distance from the Porto Mare Residence and offers an endless choice of wonderful restaurants and bars set along the famous harbour. Funchal invites visitors to explore interesting monuments, historical sites, Gothic cathedrals and art museums and when the sun sets the city offers great nightlife for all ages. The best way to view the city is to jump on/off a tour bus around the popular sites or catch the cable car from the city centre to the hilltop town of Monte to experience the best views across Funchal. The most exhilarating attraction to be experienced in Monte is the world-famous toboggan ride, hold your breath as the drivers race through the narrow streets at hair-raising speeds to return you safely to the city centre.
Madeira is truly a natural Garden of Eden, so walking, hiking and cycling are amongst the most wonderful things to experience. Visit the enchanting Laurissilva (laurel) Forest, the 15,000 hectare sub-tropical region has been recognised as part of the World Natural Heritage by UNESCO. The ancient Laurissilva Forest is located north of Funchal and is home to many flora and fauna, as well as rare bird species. Walk through rain forests, cross waterfalls and rock pools on wooden bridges and admire breath-taking views from the edge of the mountain.
Memorable moments will last a lifetime when you stay at the Porto Mare Residence.
To highlight the great value of eXpectations Holidays we conducted a price comparison using TripAdvisor to source an equivalent booking. 7-nights at Porto Mare Residence were available on Expedia.co.uk during 2nd – 9th April 2018 within a Studio (sleeping 2) for £947 (based on 2 people sharing when we looked on 8/6/2017) and included breakfast.
In comparison, we found this 7-night booking at Porto Mare Residence during the same dates also within a Studio (sleeping 2) for 45,000 points on RCI.com (when we looked on: 8/6/2017) breakfast not included.
For members of eXpectations Plus, the total price for this accommodation (excluding the initial purchase price of your membership / points) would come to £537 (at the time of writing: 14/6/2017. To calculate this we have included: the associated maintenance fees for 45,000 points, 1x annual membership and 1x online RCI exchange fee.
|Associated maintenance fees for 45,000 points @ £5.75 per thousand||£259|
|1 x eXpectations Annual Membership||£162|
|1 x RCI online exchange Fee||£116|
|Mandatory miscellaneous fees (e.g. tourist tax)||£0|
So, by taking this eXpectations exchange holiday members of eXpectations Plus could have made a potential saving of over £400, based on the comparison above.
See for yourself! Check out the costs of a Studio sleeping up to 2 people for 7 nights during 2nd – 9th April 2018 at Porto Mare Residence on Expedia.co.uk.